on 12 November 2013
It's hard to believe but !!! as a band has been going at it for about 15 years now. This is the band's 5th studio album (and the first one since 2010's "Strange Weather, Isn't It?").
"Thr!!!er" (9 tracks; 40 min.) starts with "Even When the Water's Cold", with one of the great opening lines of a album in a long time ("Friends told her she's better off/At the bottom of a river/Than in bed with him", ha!). The next track "Get That Rhythm Right" opens with a rhythm guitar lick that screams LCD Soundsystem (the same for "Except Death", towards the end of the album). At this point the groove is established and this album is a non-stop dancing party. "One Girl/One Boy" recalls the stomping and sly funk sounds from the late 70s/early 80s (think Chic). "Fine Fine Fine" sounds like a 1980s new wave/New Romantic tune, and it works great. "Slyd" is another irresistable stomper, this time a mostly instrumental. Track 8, "Careful", is for me the best track on the album, starting with a phat groove supplemented by a Spanish guitar, and eventually leading to an amazing instrumental outro that reminds me of Kraftwerk, circa "Man Machine", no kidding. The closing track "Station (Meet Me At The)" is an almost rock-sounding tune, and, frankly, a bit out of place with the rest of the album, but no matter. This is one fantastic album! There really isn't a single weak sone on it, and every time I play this, it makes me feel happy.
I saw these guys in conert at the FYF in Los Angeles this past August. Holy cow, what an incredible set they brought, playing mostly songs from this album, turning their set into one massive dance party. It was just unbelievable how much energy they brought, BY FAR the best set of the festival. If you have a chance to see !!! on their current tour, DO NOT MISS THEM, seriously.
This album is almost certainly going to end up at the very top of my list of "best albums of the year". "Thr!!!er" is HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!